Self Defense : Okay For Me, Not For Thee

By Mark Walters

Barry Loudermilk
Barry Loudermilk
Mark Walters
Mark Walters

USA – -( You’ve probably heard by now that a certain U.S. House Representative wants to extend CCW reciprocity to Washington, D.C. following the left-wing, hate-filled, attempted assassination of Republicans this week in Alexandria, VA by a socialist Democrat supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). That representative would be Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)

That’s a great thing, right? Well, yeah, with one exception, he wasn’t talking about you! His comments, as published by the Washington Examiner and subsequently by the Washington Post, read as follows:

“There are several things to look at,” Loudermilk said. “First of all, if this had happened in Georgia, he wouldn’t have gotten too far. I had a staff member who was in his car, maybe 20 yards behind the shooter… who back in Georgia carries a nine millimeter in his car. I carry a weapon. He had a clear shot at him. But here, we’re not allowed to carry any weapons here… Most of us are here in D.C., so how are you supposed to have it here?”

“I think we need to look at some kind of reciprocity for members here,” Loudermilk said. “But also we need to look at security detail. If Scalise hadn’t been on our team, it would have been really bad.”

“We aren’t any more special than anybody else, but we’re targets,” Loudermilk said. “This is exactly why there’s a lot of fear of doing town halls at this point.”

So there you have it. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, in one fell swoop, proved what most Americans have known for quite some time, (hence a Trump Victory), that there is a sense of entitlement and elitism in Washington, D.C.

He is proof that when it comes to the “Beltway Elite,” what applies to me doesn’t always apply to thee. Barry Loudermilk apparently views himself and his colleagues as “targets” while the rest of us aren’t? That’s a pretty bold statement considering the fact that thousands of Americans use firearms to defend themselves every week from criminals who have “targeted” them. Yeah, in fact, more decent, law-abiding, Americans than there are House and Senate members combined, are “targets” and victims of crime every, single day. Statements like this from elected officials are the reason most American’s despise politicians and frankly, contribute to the toxic discourse in America today.

My good friend and weekly on-air political analyst, the great Dr. AWR Hawkins from Breitbart News wrote about it, we discussed it on Armed American Radio’s Daily Defense yesterday (recording below) , and I asked my other guests to comment on Loudermilk’s statements.

The sentiment was the same. All were in agreement that Loudermilk is clearly out of touch, but there is more to Loudermilk’s elitism that stretches beyond mere disappointment in a Republican who should know better. Rep. Loudermilk is also my neighbor and my Congressional representative. His office is not far from the safest radio studio in America. I voted for him. I am his constituent, and I’m not going to let this one go. I am outraged at the content of his statements, and he owes not only me as a constituent but you as a law-abiding and responsibly armed American, some answers.

As I type this column, I can assure you that I have already written him directly, have called his office, and am in the process of reaching out to his media folks to bring him to Armed American Radio as soon as possible. He is being given carte blanche, meaning I will shuffle my on-air schedule to accommodate him and will bump whoever is in the lineup to bring his response to you. Those assisting me in Washington, D.C. to get him to the program as soon as possible are making it clear that this is not intended to be a “puff piece.”

We want answers from him. We deserve answers from him.

No law-abiding gun owner should continue to be denied their right to bear arms in Washington, D.C. while he and his colleagues are exempt from the same laws that keep us disarmed. For a sitting congressman who supports the right to bear arms, and Barry Loudermilk does support the right to bear arms, to seek special treatment is nothing short of shameful.

There’s more.

Loudermilk is (drum roll, please) a co-sponsor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. He might want to reconsider that support as it also reinstates not only his right to carry across state lines but your right to carry across state lines, and you’re just a regular Joe…not an elected elitist or a target like him and his pals inside the beltway.


About Mark Walters

Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio’s Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)

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Politicians are first and in charge and we are subjects, along with their Cadillac health plans, expense accounts and 100% pensions for life, it’s like playing their own Monopoly game and making up the rules that benefit them.


another ONE made ” the list “.

Pistol Pete

Why pick on this guy, the democrats politicians have been telling you their lives are more important than ours for years, have you not been brain washed by the lies that have been drilled in your head by the liberal lying media day and night.


Congress is the one that can change all this. They have the upper saying in DC. There is no DC Senate or House, because they are not a state. Congress can order DC directly to allow CCW for all law abiding citizens.
Congress has exclusive jurisdiction in DC. So the question is why haven’t they?


This man is the gold standard for why people despise politicians in the beltway. His statements on firearms are so inflammatory That he should be recalled immediately along with Governor Como.

Herb T

People, People! You seem to have forgotten that as a congressman, their poo poo doesn’t stink like ordinary citizens’. Don’t believe me, believe how they act and excuse themselves from responsibility. BSers from the words “I do.”


I’m not sure if it was just in the heat of the moment that he made this statement. What I do know is that because of the attitude politicians have shown and the contempt for the rights of the people, and putting themselves in a position of royalty, it’s not hard to assume he is putting his safety and freedoms above the American citizens who hired him to represent them for their benefit. Let’s wait for the shock to subside and see what his next move will be. As for passage of a National Reciprocity or Constitutional Carry, I find… Read more »

Jack B.

Proof positive that “when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns”.


“…the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”

I think most of our politicians need to look up and read the definition of the word “infringed”, as it’s most obvious many of them do not know it.

They also need to read and understand more fully, our 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights


Michael, when they can debate what the meaning of “is”, is ; et. al. ,the honorable Mr. Clinton , the interpretation of the Constitution may be an insurmountable task for most of the beltway elites.

Bill N

Well here we go again. This is a prime example of someone with a weapon in his car (not mentioned if he holds a CCW permit in Ga) , If he does have a permit it is recognized by Va. He should have used it to defend the folks instead he didn’t know if he was legal with it, so he sits there like a bump on a log. Prime example of not knowing the laws governing concealed carry. Know the law, ignorance is no excuse. It’s such a shame so many democrats are anti gun rights. Not to wish… Read more »


Mr. Walters, your assessment of the honorable Rep. Loudermillk’s breathless statement, although obvious to most, is exactly right and almost to be expected, in light of his “near death experience “. It’s is not unusual for an “average Joe” , which I’m sure Mr. Loudermilk would attest to being, to be transformed into an elitist, a special individual, someone more deserving than others, when exposed to the the rarefied air of Washington DC. We the People have allowed this phenomenon to occur and rolling this obsession with self promotion back will be a formidible task. I applaud your efforts to… Read more »


This is a good example of how political actions have gotten out of control in this country. The dems are on constant attack with false statements and fake news. Here is the point I want to make. In my profession, if I tell a lie, weather I meant to or not, I am held accountable. It is just not that way with politics or media. It should be. The American people are tired of it all, that is why Trump was elected. And what do we get, the dems trying to fight and block anything that they possibly can, just… Read more »




I get the Democrat/left wing threat situation against our politicians from the Democrat Party supported media and promoted left wing socialists and anarchists. However, as was done in the previous 8 years under Democrat rule–these elected people are exempt from inside stock trading, they do NOT have to get the same health insurance as the rest of us they represent and now they ask for special carry permission where the rest of the country does not.


They were in VIRGINIA they could and should have been carrying. But because of the stupidity of D.C. As soon as they cross the bridge they are breaking the law. So the law has to change so that all of us can carry and protect ourselves.

David B Matson

Once again Barry has disappointed me. I too am a constituent of his and voted for him. He is even a cosponser of HB 38 but I guess his and his fellow snobs safety is way more important so lets put forth more legislation not do our job and bring up current legislation for a vote so everyone who are law abiding ccw holders will be able to protect themselves when visiting the crime ridden capitol of our nation.

Old Man's Club - VE Veteran

I don’t think he would be pulling a Democrat stunt. They are the ones that have a street sign named after them – One Way!



I would also like to hear his response to your questions. I’m not 100% convinced that he was being an elitist in his comments, but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt as HE IS a co-sponsor of the National Reciprocity bill.
Hoping this incident lights a fire under these pols to get this issue approved before their recess. Keep up the great work!

Don Smith

You mention Chris Collins as another supporter of concealed carry. I believe he would allow all of us carry in D.C., not just lawmakers. He is attempting to sponsor a federal bill equally as important to New Yorkers as the Reciprocity bill. His bill would find the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act [SAFE Act] unconstitutional and return liberty and due process to all of us New Yorkers. We need your help in convincing legislators to cosponsor his bill. Here’s why: Governor Cuomo and his allies passed the so-called “SAFE” Act in 2013. It was debated in closed… Read more »

Wild Bill

@MJB, He already has a Pre- Constitution Civil Right to bear arms in Washington, DC. The Second Amendment does not stop at the border of the District of Corruption. One only needs to read his statement (“… But here, we’re not allowed to carry any weapons here… “) to know that he lacks the Constitutional knowledge to be in Congress.


Go get um Wild Bill – I see that your right on point again. Although I feel that the ELITE depend on the Police and Security Details to protect them from having to deal with actually being responsible for their own safety in the first place, which is the opposite for citizens as citizens can call 911 at the very first hint of something going wrong and be LUCKY TO HAVE THE POLICE ARRIVE IN TIME TO SAVE THEM. In most cases especially in rural America it may take up to an hour for the Police/Sheriff to arrive and even… Read more »